About 20 people from the Ravenna’s Skeels community gathered Friday at the United Church of Jesus Christ for a service called Midnight Cry to support those recovering from addiction disorders.
Among other speakers, Ravenna native Gregory Kirklin read poetry and spoke about his experience helping family and friends overcome addiction.
Rafael Suarez Remon also shared the story of his journey from Cuba to the United States and how his faith helped him along the way.
“God has always been with me,” he said. “I didn’t always know it, but he was.”
He met Ravenna native and prison minister Desiree Perry, whom he called his angel, at Trumbull County Jail. Because of her and others in the program, he has now begun his own international ministry program, he said.